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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Bl. Modestino of Jesus and Mary, religious, I Order Franciscan (OFM)
"Bl. Modestino of Jesus and Mary, religious, I Order Franciscan (OFM)
a priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, an outstanding
witness to God's mercy, who instilled hope in Southern Italy during the
first half of the last century.
From boyhood, God was pleased
to reveal to him the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (cf. Mt 11:25;
Gospel acclamation), leading him to discover the authentic value of the
person who is fulfilled through generous devotion to the poor and
crucified Christ in the gift of self to others.
Fr. Modestino lived in a society of marginalization and moral
suffering, and was able to share fully the expectations and anxieties of
the weakest, responding to the deep need for God found in his brothers
and sisters who thirsted for justice and love. He thus became a leaven
of renewal and a living sign of hope. The hand of the Lord was truly
upon him, making him a minister of mercy and comfort to every social
class, especially through his diligent, patient celebration of the
sacrament of Reconciliation.
Fr. Modestino was a true
"universal brother": everyone could rely on him, finding someone who
would listen, welcome and share. This love led him to give of his very
self, and he did not hesitate to expose himself to the threat of death
in order to help his brothers and sisters struck by a cholera epidemic.
Indeed, he shared their fate to the very last, dying as a victim of